Some of those fortunate enough to have seen it have written reviews. I'm sure there will be more, for they've come fairly fast and furious tonight. Here's a sampling of what I've seen so far. The reaction is very favorable and we finally get an idea of Jennifer's role.
The Hollywod Reporter has an analysis of the film's place in the Oscar race, describing that Jennifer plays a female intelligence officer and is one of a "a team of solid supporting players" surrounding star Jessica Chastain. Awards Daily and GoldDerby have something to say about the film's Oscar worthiness too.
The Hollywood Reporter also has a review of the film by Todd McCarthy
In it he says Chastain's character, Maya, "becomes tolerably friendly with a gregarious, chatty female colleague (the ever-wonderful Jennifer Ehle)". He writes that it could well be the most impressive film Bigelow has made!
Time Entertainment's review The Girl Who Got bin Laden by Richard Corliss notes that "With the dense dialogue spread across more than 100 speaking roles, the supporting actors could be mere information carriers, but many make excellent use of their limited screen time" and includes Jennifer among them, playing "a warm, seen-it-all field agent".
At the Playlist blog, Rodrigo Perez describes the two and a half hour movie as dispassionate, clinical and grindingly thorough and also as gripping and riveting. Chastain’s character works "alongside other intelligence CIA officers in Pakistan played by Jason Clarke, Jennifer Ehle and Harold Perrineau (all of whom arguably have the most substantial parts in the film other than the lead)."
Helen Pow writes in the Mail Online: "Ms Chastain and Jennifer Ehle dominate the men in the movie."
Roger Friedman at Showbiz 411 agreed, saying:
"'Zero Dark Thirty' really stars Chastain and Jennifer Ehle, with the men of the film ... taking secondary but important roles."
"Boal’s screenplay isn’t so much about backstory for the characters (there isn’t any) but making them interesting enough to follow through this crusade."
"It’s to his and Chastain’s credit that Maya gets richer and develops more layers as the film progresses, particularly once Ehle's very brilliant agent exits the story. (I don’t want to give too much away.)"
"Chastain and Ehle are the standouts."
Ha! Could the lack of backstory explain why imbd hasn't (last I looked) filled out the character names? Maybe most of them have none assigned.
Kristopher Tapley in a write-up at HitFix likes the supporting cast, including Jennifer who "though not in the film for long, adds her own spark."
Also at HitFix Gregory Ellwood wrote a about the film, the showing in LA, and, of special interest, the Q&A following. "After two standing ovations, one for Bigelow and the other for Chastain, the duo were joined by Boal, Clarke, Ehle and Edgar Martinez for what turned out to be an entertaining 40-minute Q&A." And in his review he mentioned Jennifer as one of the standouts of the supporting cast.
Summarizing the gleanings ~
female intelligence officer who is a gregarious, chatty, warm, seen-it-all, and very brilliant agent
solid supporting player
one of the standouts of the supporting cast
adds her own spark
"Ms Chastain and Jennifer Ehle dominate the men in the movie."
"really stars Chastain and Jennifer Ehle"
"Chastain and Ehle are the standouts"
BUTnot in the film for long
limited screen time
exits the story
Some photos from the Q&A event
Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Jennifer Ehle, Edgar Ramirez